17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Venice
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Venice

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder site .

Venice, Italy to Hiroshima is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Venice to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Venice in August, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, enjoy the sand and surf at Ita Beach, and admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online visit planner .

Getting from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Susono Fishing Park, Ita Beach, Shojigataki Falls
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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